Literature Live! presents THE GREAT GATSBY

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November 8
through November 25


Monday, November 5 - Sunday, November 25

Monday - Friday: School group performances: contact to book!


Public performances:

Thursday, November 8 @ 7 pm

Friday, November 9 @ 7 pm

Saturday, November 10 @ 2 pm and 7 pm

Thursday, November 15 @ 7 pm

Friday, November 16 @ 7 pm

Saturday, November 17 @ 2 pm and 7 pm

Friday, November 23 @ 2 pm and 7 pm

Saturday, November 24 @ 2 pm and 7 pm

Sunday, November 25 @ 2 pm

If you are a member of the public interested in attending a school group performance, please contact for availability



The American Hotel will be offering a $35 prix fix dinner (tax, gratuities, alcohol and soft drinks not included) prior to showtime on November 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 23 and 25 with reservations at 5 pm or 5:30 pm, before the 7 pm curtain time for the show. For the prix fixe before the 2 pm matinees on November 10, 17, 23, and 25, the offer is available with reservations at 12 and 12:30 pm.

Ticket holders who prefer to dine after the show, upon proof with tickets, will be offered 25% off the regular dinner menu following each performance.

For reservations or more information, call The American Hotel at 631-725-3535


Special ticket offer for guests of Bridgehampton Inn available! Visit their website for packages and information


Adapted for the stage by Simon Levy

Directed by Joe Minutillo


F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic Jazz Age novel, The Great Gatsby, comes to life on Bay Street’s intimate stage this November!

The Roaring 20’s was a time of excess, lavish parties and speakeasies. Jay Gatsby was a secretive and successful kingpin of the elite party circuit, but he had one burning desire and one purpose - to be with Daisy Buchanan, the love of his life from his youth. Set on Long Island in 1922, this compelling drama portrays the human condition of ambition, love, lust, greed, deceit, and most of all the struggles of class and the American Dream.


Literature Live! is Bay Street Theater’s flagship educational program which presents free, fully produced professional theatrical performances based on classic American literature used in school curricula.  Featuring professional Equity actors and designers, the program includes post production talk-backs with the cast as well as a resource guide and lesson plans prepared by BST for teachers to use in the classroom before and after attending the performance, making the performance as enriching for students as possible. 

Literature Live! is designed specifically with middle and high school age students in mind.  The possibilities for insight and understanding of the subject matter are increased when students can witness the characters from a great play or novel living and breathing, and telling their stories right before their eyes.

Now in its 10th year, Literature Live! has served over 30,000 students from nearly 60 public, private, and homes schools across Long Island stretching from Great Neck to Montauk.


Matching Grant Challange Lead Sponsor:

Literature Live! is also sponsored by The Bay Street Theater Board of TrusteesThe Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, Susan Dusenberry, Susan Edwards & Ian Ziskin, Dana Foundation, Jane Holden, In Memory of Sloane Shelton, Irvin Stern Foundation, Nancy Stearns, Theatre Venture, Inc., Susan Goldstein- Sunny & Abe Rosenberg Foundation, Town of Southampton.


Click here to make a donation and help keep 2018 Literature Live! free for school groups! $100 allows 10 students to attend. $1,000 allows 100 students.

Media sponsors are Dan’s Papers, WBAZ, WEHM, WLNG.